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Veterans for Peace protest the war in Afghanistan in front of the White House in Washington, DC, on 12/16/10.

135 Arrested at White House Protesting War

By David Swanson/Veterans for Peace

17 December 10 your social media marketing partner


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+22 # Julia Dalton 2010-12-17 11:57
Thank you for having the courage to speak out against these horrible wars. God bless.
+11 # Timothy J Dalton 2010-12-17 15:09
I agree 100%.. Thank you for being true Americans..An' for speaking out against these wars with your God given right.. God Bless.
+14 # Louise Glynn Barr 2010-12-17 12:37
It amazes me that so few are protesting this waste of our young men's lives.
+14 # jka 2010-12-17 13:35
i'm sure if there was a draft there would be more protesting..... people seem to only get involved when they have tangible interest rather than an altruistic symbolic regard....those protesting now i believe to be true patriots.
+10 # Hors-D-whores 2010-12-17 14:51
It is a little hard to get there if you live on the other side of the country. I think this was an amazing demonstration. If we brought back the draft, maybe a lot more people would be concerned and wouldn't just sit in front of their big screen TV.
Blessed are the peace makers.
I thank them all.
+5 # Gene Johnson 2010-12-18 11:20
I agree. If the casuality figures were anywhere Vietnam era levels which were, at their peak, 400+ dead U.S. service personnel per week, there would be more protests. The thing that brought the Vietnam war to a halt was not the protests in the streets but opposition from ordinary - i.e. non-radicalized - Americans because of the fact that too many families were burying their sons. Also, we had better war reporting then. It seems that the only thing the U.S. government learned from Vietnam was to control the press access to the war, which they have very effectively done.

And let us not forget that, except for news outlets like RSN, the news we get is what is approved by the corporations that own the media. And the corporations make money on these wars.

Blood is the cheapest thing there is when there's money in it.
0 # Capn Canard 2010-12-30 15:40
Absolutely Mr Gene Johnson! Check out the Chris Hedges article on the "Brave New World" model of apathetic social behavior with a transformation into a "1984" model of fear. The MSM is corrupted and they failed so miserably since the 1980's with a complete capitulation in 2000, it is shocking and astonishing.
+11 # Sandy 2010-12-17 13:32
Thank you all for the courage you have shown the White House. Previously I was arrested protesting outside the WH against the Iraq War and was sent to Ancostia with 377 other people; it is not fun.

This insanity that is taking place in the Republic saddens me. I was in my 20's during the Vietnam war and lost 4 young men who had a lot to give. I never thought we would be doing this again; however it is more serious since the majority of the people feel they are powerless. When you get arrested for a peaceful demonstation in what is now known as America, it gives one courage to keep on and make people aware that our Republic is being stolen from us by corporations, the 2% wealthy (no trickle down economics that I can see), the majority of Congress (both parties) and lobbyists, to name a few.

People, we have the numbers and we can beat them - don't you see they are scared? Obama would not even read or meet with these people - one less vote for him!!!! His audacity of hope was replaced with just HIS AUDACITY by not following through on his campaign promises.
+9 # Debra Mott 2010-12-17 14:47
Dear People... they don't care about us. We need our military and police force on our side (we the people) to over-come the corruption of our government. We are being forced to endure their lies, stealing from us and killing us! They come as a thief in the night they come as a A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (an idiom of Biblical origin. It is used of those playing a role contrary to their real character, with whom contact is dangerous.) by the Creator. So many don't want to get involved, they are scared to speak out & many are so brain washed they cannot see what's right in front of their noses, because of their narrow mindedness. Whatever, all parties need to chill out & We the People of America stick together & stop the insanity & chaos! Our forefathers are probably turning over in their graves. WE have brains, how bout we use them instead of fighting between one another?
+5 # Mark Cumberledge 2010-12-17 16:24
Thank you for your courage to speak out regarding the lies and corruption of these false wars!
+8 # Dr. Amy L. Beam 2010-12-17 17:18
Thank you for your courage to speak out. Each person who reads/views this should ask himself or herself, "What did I do today to end this war, the government corruption, loss of rights and to TAKE MY COUNTRY BACK?" Not one day should pass that each person does not do something, even if just talk to another person for five minutes to share information and to change public opinion. The tide of opinion is turning and that is what will save our country if it's not too late. And please, mail a Christmas card to Bradley Manning, in solitary lockup the United States Marine Corps Brigg, Quantico, Virginia. How to donate to Bradley Manning here:
+1 # Gene Johnson 2010-12-18 10:15
thank you for the link to Bradley Manning's defense fund.
+7 # Lisa Moskow 2010-12-17 17:55
Thank you for speaking out for so many of us!!!!
I voted for Obama because he was the most anti-war of our choices. Shame on him for turning his back on the will of the people.
+3 # Ellen Peterson 2010-12-17 20:21
I feel guilty that I'm not there with you.

We want our President back..

What happened????

I want him to tell us!!!!!
+2 # Ellen Peterson 2010-12-17 20:26
I feel guilty that I'm not there with you..

We've been demonstrating since Nam

Keep on keeping on...

Tell Obama

We want our President back.
+5 # Gene Johnson 2010-12-18 10:07
I applaud anyone protesting these wars. I also did not think we would be doing this again, having been through the Vietnam era myself.

I remarked to a conservative acquaintance that US foreign policy for the last 50+ years has consisted largely of expenditures of astronomical tonnage of deadly (and profitable, for the arms industry) munitions, and now death by remote control drones, on yellow and brown people characterizing it as mass murder financed by tax dollars. He replied "if you don't like the US, why don't you leave?" I told him I had confronted this issue when I was drafted in 1968: do I leave or stay? My decision then was the same as now: this is my country too and these rotten, murderous, corrupt scoundrels may be in charge but they are not going to run me out!

I am also disenchanted with Obama. His actions of prove that all presidents are dupes of the ruling corporate oligarchy that actually runs things. The will of the American people has been neutralized.

Yes, we need to take our country back from the encroaching forces of repression and fascism.

For my part, I write letters to the local newspaper paper on these issues.
+1 # TK3 2010-12-19 11:27
Afraid it is going to take a lot more brave action to ever get a REAL change back to actual Constitutional government. Time has almost run out as Big Brother clamps down. The web will soon be controlled by Big Brother also.
+2 # 2010-12-22 13:55
There's gotta be better jobs out there for our younger generations other than 'signing up' and becoming minions of the U.S.A. or anywhere else they live in the world. War's are unproductive, back steps for a so called progressive population.
+2 # Rita Dwyer 2010-12-23 18:53
Keep up the good work, I notice more people giving us the glad hand instead of the finger, everyone (almost) is against this terrible war and I am disappointed that Obama backed off his promise to end it. We have silent protests at a main intersection here in Saginaw every first Friday...more people agree with us.